Counterprotesters Burn Klansman In Effigy As Georgia White Supremacist Rally Fizzles
Above Photo: From Huffingtonpost.com
“Good Night, Alt Right,” activists chant.
The self-described white supremacists, including members of the Ku Klux Klan, had planned to rally on the eve of the Super Bowl some 15 miles east of Atlanta at Stone Mountain Park, where Confederate leaders are etched into a giant rockface. But law enforcement authorities, who had denied the group a permit, shut down the 3,600-acre park, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The Super Bowl is being played Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta,
Though the supremacist rally fizzled, hundreds of counterprotesters — several of them armed — marched in the nearby town of Stone Mountain Village chanting: “Good Night, Alt Right” and “Goodbye Klan.” Protesters held signs reading “Death to the KKK,” “Dixie Be Damned” and “Sandblast Stone Mountain.” The highlight of the rally was the torching of the Klansman figure.
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Antifa had a victory march, and left-wing militia groups guarded the outside in case of ambush. None occurred.
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Tweets by organizers of the burning informed spectators that the effigy was “eco-friendly” and made of “paper and cardboard that would not produce nasty fumes when burned!”
“To hell with their permit. The Constitution is our permit,” white nationalist activist Michael Weaver declared after the decision by authorities. “We move forward. We aren’t going to be discriminated against because you don’t like our views.”
Members of the group, however, indicated Thursday that the rally wouldn’t likely come off because of infighting among members.
Another activist said it was because of fear of violence by counterprotesters.
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Atlanta resident Sean McSorley, who was on the street during Saturday’s rally, praised the counterprotesters.
“As long as these backwards, racist … people are not able to do what they intended, I’m happy with the results,” he told the Journal-Constitution.